LaGrange Academy makes improvements to facilities over summer break

Published 7:59 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Talk about a facelift. 

LaGrange Academy’s classrooms and the commons, where they eat lunch and hold assemblies, are being renovationed this summer. The improvements will include repainting rooms, putting in new carpets and ceiling tiles and adding new furniture for collaborative learning.

LaGrange Academy Head of School Brian Dolinger said the school hasn’t been renovated in the last decade.

“It was in need of some new TLC and a little bit of improvement to our facilities,” Dolinger said. 

Dolinger said they planned for the renovations during the last six to eight months, and the changes will make the school feel more modern, while improving the learning environment. 

“A lot of the furniture that we’re getting is more collaborative in nature, and so it’s flexible furniture where you can get together in a small group or move to individual seating, as opposed to desks that are just sitting in a row or tables that are more static,” Dolinger said. “The learning will be more enhanced by the collaborative nature of how we’re going to use this furniture, and then the school pride and aesthetics. We want this to look nice. We want to make sure we know about our school and care about it and are excited about being here.” 

Dolinger said the commons will have luxury vinyl tile flooring, which is waterproof and durable.

The whole renovation costs about $75,000, Dolinger said.

“Every school is a little different, so there’s different sized schools and different capacities and what they want to accomplish, but we’re able to do it in a way that’s pretty economical to get the renovations done to all of our classrooms while keeping it in budget,” Dollinger said. 

Renovations are expected to be completed in mid to late July, Dolinger said.